Año Nuevo

We visited this State Park near Pescadero to see the elephant seals pups. These seals travel the farthest over a period of a year, apparently than any other migrating water creature. They come to rest, give birth, nurse, mate again. The adults leave and come back during the summer to molt.
The photos are of the pups who must now find their way to the water and food. They are born at about sixty pounds and over one month go to three hundred fifty. The grown males weigh 4000 pounds!